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The Monkey And Two Cats

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Once upon a time two cats found a piece of cheese and cut it into two pieces. But one piece was slightly bigger than the other. Both the cats wanted the bigger piece. Then they went ton a monkey and asked to sort out the matter.

The Monkey And The Dolphin

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One day long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship. One of them brought his pet monkey along for the long journey.

The King Of Our Birds

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One day the birds took it into their heads that they would like a master, and that one of their number must be chosen king. A meeting of all the birds was called, and on a beautiful May morning they assembled from woods and fields and meadows. The eagle, the robin, the bluebird, the owl, the lark, the sparrow were all there. The cuckoo came, and the lapwing, and so did all the other birds, too numerous to mention. There also came a very little bird that had no name at all. There was great con...

The Old Woman Who Became A Woodpecker

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by Phoebe Cary A Legend of the Northland   Afar in the Northland, where the winter days are so short and the nights so long, and where they harness the reindeer to sledges, and where the children look like bear's cubs in their funny, furry clothes, there, long ago, wandered a good Saint on the snowy roads.

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International Primate Day - 1st September Annually

Primate suffering, abuse, exploitation and persecution in South Africa will be highlighted on September 1 when Animal Rights Africa (ARA) joins the growing international effort to publicise the plight of primates the World over. International Primate Day, which is observed on September 1 every year, was founded in 2005 by British-based Animal Defenders International for animal campaigners across the world to focus on the exploitation and persecution of primates.

Humans & Monkeys Share Machiavellian Intelligence

When it comes to their social behavior, people sometimes act like monkeys, or more specifically, like rhesus macaques, a type of monkey that shares with humans strong tendencies for nepotism and political maneuvering, according to research by Dario Maestripieri, an expert on primate behavior and an Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.  "After humans, rhesus macaques are one of the most successful primate species on ...

When Potential Becomes A Reality

Without applied effort, potential remains just that – potential! But take a man of vision and passion, give him a few like-minded people and some encouragement and that potential becomes a reality.   Tony Blignaut, CEO of Monkeyland, is a man of great vision:   Tony had become aware of the “systematic demise of African primate populations through the ‘bushmeat’ trade” in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He conceived a dream of a forest sanctua...

Primates In Captivity

Live primates are taken from the wild for the pet and zoo trade, or for scientific and pharmaceutical research. This trade had grown into a massive and lucrative business by the early 1970s, creating a serious drain on primate populations, especially since most babies are caught after shooting their mothers and other troop members.

A Brief History Of Arbor Day

Arbor Day originated in 1872 in the United States territory of Nebraska. Mr. J. Sterling Morton, a newcomer to the treeless plains of Nebraska, was a keen proponent of the beauty and benefit of trees. He persuaded the local agricultural board to set aside a day for planting trees and through his position as editor of Nebraska's first newspaper, encouraged participation in the event by publishing articles on the value of trees for soil protection, fruit, shade and building.

Deforestation

The world forests are under enormous pressures. In Europe they suffer from air pollution and acid rain, in South east Asia and Central Afica, trees are being felled at an alarming rate, in South America, rich rain forest is flooded by dams or turned into cattle ranches. The world's demands on forests are vast, absolutely unprecedented, and accelerating very rapidly. Tropical forests of the developing world are the most affected with the a net loss of some 250 million hectares between 1980 and 20...

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkeyland - changing the Ways People Think About Primates What is a primate? A primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all the species commonly related to the lemurs, monkeys, and apes, with the latter category including humans. Primates are found all over the world. Non-human primates occur mostly in Central and South America, Africa, and southern Asia. A few species exist up into southern Mexico, and in Asia as far north as northern Japan.

Some Gorillas May Eat Monkeys

Washington, 6th of March 2010.  A recent study that found monkey DNA in the feces of wild African mountain gorillas, has hinted that some gorilla species eat monkeys, and are not entirely vegetarian as earlier presumed.

Monkey Bussiness In Plettenberg Bay, Sa

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“The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than be can suppose.” quote by J.B.S. Haldane, evolutionary biologist   Homosexuality, in monkeys, can be defined as pair bonding and sex occurring between two or more members of the same sex in the same specie.

What Makes Monkeyland So Different

Monkeyland is unique in that the sanctuary caters for several species of primate, and they are not caged, they are free to move about the forest, and do so in harmony. The primates are therefore not found on predetermined points displayed on a map, the emphasis is to search for them, and the reward is to see them as they should be: free and in the wild.

Planning Ahead

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I am sure that all of us at one stage or another have thought about what will happen to our feathered friends when we are not able to look after them any more. This has concerned me ever since I first took on a rescue cockatoo many years ago. Try as I might, and looking around the world, I could not come up with an existing bird sanctuary that met my guide lines.

Tourism Is Magic

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Tourism is the magic word in 21st century global economics, meaning many things to many people in many countries. In South Africa, of course, it can mean anything from selling beadwork to taking people on tours of the Garden Route. But what does it take to really crack it in tourism?

Monkeys In Movies

Films drive trend for keeping pet monkeys   Fact: Everybody loves monkeys. Hollywood knows this. Put a monkey in your movie and you're guaranteed some degree of success, be it in the form of an instant smash hit, or a cult following that develops over time. Monkeys equal comedy gold! Hollywood movies and popular television shows featuring cute monkeys and other primates are driving demand for them as exotic pets, only to leave the animals psychologically damaged.

Gibbons

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Interesting Facts About Monkeys

The monkey species as we know it today, is either Cercopithecoid - Old World Species, or Platyrrhine - New World primates. A total of more than 260 species are extant in the modern world, and all of them are distinct in behaviour and habitat.